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Student Contest: Science in Plain English
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 04:30pm
Contact Roxanne Bogucka, roxanne.bogucka@austin.utexas.edu


Students - we dare you to explain your research to a live audience in plain English, in just 3 minutes. Win cash prizes!

The UT Science Communication Interest Group is sponsoring a contest—Science In Plain English.

You must be a current UT Austin undergraduate or graduate student to enter.

Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2015.

Click here to enter: http://goo.gl/forms/CrcTScKMpo

CONTEST RULES
Science In Plain English is about honing your ability to discuss your science with someone who isn’t a scientist or a science student, in a non-academic situation. Imagine explaining your work to
 
•       an elderly uncle at a holiday dinner
•       someone you meet at a social engagement
•       a TV news reporter
•       a city council member at a hearing
•       a researcher in a non-science field
 
Think brief, clear, and plain English.
 
All you may bring to the competition is your words—no props, no PowerPoint, no audio or video. You'll have three minutes to talk about your research. The judges will stop you promptly at the 3-minute mark.
 
Judges will score presenters on
•       brevity
•       clarity
•       avoidance of jargon or appropriate use & explanation of technical terms
•       speaking style (engaging? eye contact? gestures? vocal tics? hurried delivery?)
 
The decision of the judges is final. Judges' award is a $250.00 gift card from the Campus Computer Store. Audience award is a $150.00 gift card from the Campus Computer Store.

Science In Plain English

Location: Life Science Library in UT's Main Building